Cosatu and its affiliates commemorated the International Day of Decent Work, 6 October, with marches in urban centres around the country. Elitsha attended the actions in Cape Town, King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, and Tshwane.
The launch of the Cry of the Xcluded in the Western Cape saw activists from both sides of the railway line coming together to talk about issues affecting their communities.
The author argues that government is failing to respond to the lived reality of communities by increasing the amount of the ‘Covid’ grant given to the poorest and making it more accessible.
The police became heavy handed as they tried to prevent the strikers from blocking the entrances to Khayelitsha District Hospital.
The union is appealing an interdict against their strike action and spent the first day rallying workers in Khayelitsha’s public facilities to join the strike.
Saftu says the EFF has agreed on the mobilisation of the broadest possible front of working class formations for an effective National Shutdown.
The finance minister would deny in his speech that he was presenting an austerity budget, but confirmed the expectations of public sector unions and the unemployed who marched in Cape Town against budget austerity.
The united front last year of public sector unions has fractured, with Fedusa unions planning on returning to the negotiating table while Cosatu and Saftu-affiliated unions are readying for strike action.
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The unions have given the government seven days to respond positively to their memorandum or face further strike action.
As public sector unions embarked on a strike on Tuesday in major centres around the country, they have threatened a full-blown strike on the 2nd of December if their demands are not met.
The public sector unions are planning a nationwide strike on Tuesday next week that will involve essential workers.